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June 15, 2021

Developed in cooperation with 18 local gaming companies

Trend Micro launches security app for Taiwan's gaming industry

(Japan).- Internet security firm Trend Micro teamed up with 18 local gaming companies and four mobile payment service providers to launch a mobile security app for a safer environment for local gamers. The free security app can identify and block malware programs within gaming apps that are capable of stealing personal data or virtual items purchased by users.

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he Android version of the app also provides a list of authenticated gaming apps and a secured platform to make mobile payments, Trend Micro said. An iOS version will be available within a month, the company said.

"We're offering a happy and secured platform for the country's gamers, who range from 5 to 80 years old," Trend Micro co-founder and CEO Eva Chen told a press conference held to announce the alliance with the local gaming industry.

A study by the government-funded Institute for Information Industry found that of the estimated 15.8 million people who used fixed or mobile internet in Taiwan last year, more than 34% of them had purchased virtual items within games.

Of that group, more than 3 million gaming users had virtual items they purchased stolen by malware programs or hackers, the study found.

 

An estimated US$235 million in virtual items are stolen per year, similar to the total annual output value of all of Taiwan's gaming companies, according to a survey by Bahamut, a community site for local gamers.

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